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Topic 2: Recognizing Science and Scientific Method AGR*3450 Research Methods in Agricultural Science
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How do we recognize real Science? Science vs. Pseudoscience Expressed through peer-reviewed scientific journals Results must be reproducible Any failures are studied closely and presented along with successes Constant quest for greater knowledge and learning, even if that means theories are refuted Does not advocate or market unproven practices Literature aimed at general public Studies (if done) vaguely described and cannot be reproduced Failures are ignored, hidden, rationalized Nothing concrete learned; no progress made Often leads to profit through sale of products (e.g. books, dietary supplements, courses, etc.) ( )
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The Scientific Method Ultimately the difference between science and pseudoscience lies in following the scientific method Specific process for experimentation used to explore observations and answer questions Not all science can adhere to each step of the scientific method, but key in experimental research
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Source: -fair-projects/science-fair/steps-of-the- scientific-method
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Step 1: Ask a Question Based on observation, a question is posed e.g. How might row spacing affect incidence of grey leaf spot of corn caused by Cercospora zeae-maydis?
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Step 2: Do Background Research Observa(on can lead to a good scien(fic ques(on, but o6en someone else thought of it first
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